By Arjay L. Balinbin, January 30 2019; Business World

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THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on Wednesday said its report on the sexual harassment complaint filed against one of its officials has been transmitted to President Rodrigo R. Duterte for his action.

NEDA said it transmitted the report, as recommended by its Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI).

The agency also said the subject of the complaint is a third-level official appointed by Mr. Duterte.

To recall, journalist Rina Jimenez-David reported in her column on the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Jan. 2 that a “veteran” NEDA official whose “authority… covers ‘big ticket’ projects” under the current administration was allegedly involved in an incident of sexual harassment.

Ms. David’s column said the official “has worked under practically all NEDA directors-general.”

In a statement on Jan. 3, NEDA said it “acted swiftly” on the complaint.

The agency added that it conducted an investigation, “in accordance with applicable civil service rules and will be submitting its findings following the prescribed timelines.”

“As a primary advocate of the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710), NEDA champions the protection of women’s rights and expects its officials and employees to conduct themselves to the highest standards of ethics and integrity. NEDA firmly believes that every person, regardless of gender or social status, must be treated with dignity,” the agency said. — Arjay L. Balinbin